Essential oils are nature’s treasures, extracted from fruits, flowers, leaves, seeds, and even tree bark. Depending on which oils you choose and how you use them in your skincare routine, the effects can be surprisingly beneficial. As to how you can draw the maximum potential out of them, read on to find out.
Managing Acne and Skin Inflammations with Tea Tree Oil in your skincare routine
A name as confusing as names can be, Melaleuca alternifolia is a native, small tree from the Australian continent, which actually has nothing to do with tea! However, the leaves of the tea tree are used to extract an essential oil – one that is highly effective in:
Treating and preventing acne
Treating itchiness, allergic eczema
However, do keep the following precautions in mind before using tea tree oil in skincare:
Being a strong antibiotic, it must be diluted with a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil
Maintain a 2:12 (drops) ratio of tea tree oil to a carrier oil, before using the solution
Tea tree oil is not meant for under-eye application
Some of us are allergic to tea tree oil, so apply a round patch on your skin first to test it out
Squalane Oil for Reducing Skin Blemishes and Signs of Aging
There are many sources of squalane oil, but olive is found to be the most beneficial squalane source for the human skin, primarily due to its non-comedogenic nature. What makes squalane oil so effective in skincare is the fact that squalene, a less stable variant and the precursor of squalane, is already found in human skin. The lipid is accepted naturally by the skin as soon as you apply it, bringing forth the following benefits:
Squalane oil can hydrate and also soften skin from deep within, fading wrinkles and fine lines
It acts as a more stable version of natural squalene in sebum, which moisturizes, protects and
lubricates human skin
Unlike chemical creams used for reducing blemishes, there is no pain, skin peeling or redness
Check out a few tips on how to use squalane oil for improved skin health below.
Direct application of squalane oil on dry skin is not harmful and can bring faster results
A few drops of the oil can be mixed with any other moisturizer for a boosted effect
Add a few drops to your liquid foundation to turn it into a hydrating base for your makeup
During winter, treat cracked heels with squalane oil directly
Lavender Oil for Brighter, More Radiant Skin
Extracted from the lavandula flower, lavender oil is one of the most well-known essential oils. Aside from very rare allergic reactions, it’s safe for direct use in skincare, and you can see the following effects:
Can be used to treat acne and other skin infections
Skin irritation and eczema are also relieved by the use of lavender oil
Discolorations and redness improve upon the use of lavender oil
Radiant skin with a natural glow is a common benefit
To maximize the effects of lavender oil, keep the following tips in mind.
Mix 3 drops of the oil with aloe gel (5 tablespoons) and use it as a face pack
To receive added benefits, combine it with geranium, cedarwood and clary sage oil
As a final tip, we would recommend always checking to see if a particular essential oil can be used without dilution or not, before application. Certain oils such as the tea tree oil already mentioned have strong antifungal, antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which makes them inadequate for direct use in skincare, but upon dilution, those same effects can be utilized to maintain and improve dermatological health.